Next morning the rain had subsided and we got back onto I-5 south.
Florence is a typical coast town where everything is based upon tourism. Fast-food restaurants, and motels are lined up along main street, only interrupted by some notorious souvenir stores.
The happy surprise is the camp ground. Bordering to the Great Oregon Sand Dunes Recreational Area it is beautifully landscaped with spacious sites offering all amenities you'd expect at a campground.
After enjoying a coffee beak we make a walk up into the dunes. And boy, we are surprised by the enormous size of these dunes. Way to the west, about a mile from where we are we see the sparkling Pacific Ocean. Up to there the entire landscape is just dunes, made of the finest sand. Apparently this is the playground for ATV's as there are tracks all over the place.
I suggest we drive to a place where we can access the beach. The campground manager gives us the directions and off we go. We find a beautiful spot right at the shore from where we walk across the flat beach towards thundering waves rolling ashore. The sun is on its descent and we wait for the sunset.
We could have stayed for another day, but were also eager to see more of this beautiful coastline. We didn't go back to the I-5, wanted to avoid the Grants Pass and the climb over the Siskiyou Mts. So we continued the very beautiful drive along Hwy 101. I will never forget the stunning views up and down the coast.
At Eureka we turned west onto a barrier peninsula which ended at Samoa Beach, where we found another great parking spot near the water.